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Published on: 4/23/2012 12:00 AM

HIV/AIDS Programs & Services

What is HIV?

To understand what HIV is, let's break it down:

H - Human - This particular virus can only infect human beings.

I - Immunodeficiency - HIV weakens your immune system destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. A "deficient" immune system can't protect you.

V - Virus - A virus can only reproduce itself by taking over a cell in the body of its host. Human Immunodeficiency Virus is a lot like other viruses, including those that cause the "flu" or the common cold. But there is an important difference - over time, your immune system can clear most viruses out of your body. That isn't the case with HIV - the human immune system can't seem to get rid of it. Scientists are still trying to figure out why.


What is AIDS?

To understand what AIDS is, let's break it down:

A - Acquired - AIDS is not something you inherit from your parents. You acquire AIDS after birth.

I - Immuno - Your bodies immune system includes all the organs and cells that work to fight off infection or disease.

D - Deficiency - You get AIDS when your immune system is "deficient," or isn't working the way it should.

S - Syndrome - A syndrome is a collection of symptoms and signs of disease. AIDS is a syndrome, rather than a single disease, because it is a complex illness with a wide range of complications and symptoms.

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome is the final stage of HIV infection. People at this stage of HIV disease have badly damaged immune systems, which put them at risk for opportunistic infections. You will be diagnosed with AIDS if you have one or more of the 20 plus specific infections, certain cancers, or a very low number of CD4 cells. If you have HIV or AIDS, it is advisable to seek medical care to help manage the disease.


HIV/AIDS Testing Sites


HIV/AIDS Program Contacts:

                      HIV/AIDS Program Specialist                                            HIV/AIDS Services Coordinator

                      Patty Cambra                                                                  Kim Honeywell

                      500 Crown Point Circle, Suite 110                                    500 Crown Point Circle, Suite 110

                      Grass Valley, CA  95945                                                     Grass Valley, CA  95945

                      (530) 265-1248                                                                  (530) 265-1731 

Jill Blake
Public Health Director
Public Health

500 Crown Point Circle
Grass Valley, Ca 95945
Hours: 8am-5pm M-F
Phone: 530.265.1450
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